When Tangi's father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles.
A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in,
and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely
outsider; her stepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the
housekeepers use her like a servant.
Just before her thirteenth
birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father's strange legacy: the
three bottles aren't empty any more. They're filled with all the tears
she's cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must
use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not
only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.
tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a
cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi's lost the bottles.